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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass


Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps.

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The Northern Front
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: The Northern Front

The Northern Front is an eyewitness account of the Iraqi opposition's preparations for the American invasion, the Kurdish planning in northern Iraq and the early stages of the war when some of the opposition moved to the south.

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The Tribes Triumphant
by Charles Glass


The Tribes Triumphant completes the story of Charles Glass' earlier Middle East adventure, Tribes With Flags, after his kidnapping by Hizballah in Lebanon.

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Tribes With Flags
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Charles Glass: Tribes With Flags

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Money For Old Rope
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Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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Once it was anarchists throwing bombs ... little really changes
The National 
Twenty years ago, he would have become a militant anarchist, and you'd have found him throwing a bomb in a capital city somewhere. But that's no longer the fashion. Georges Simenon, A Man's Head, 1931 In the mid-1970s, Americans searching for missing children sometimes found their way to my office in Beirut. Having tried the American embassy without success, the...

Rogue Males
Times Literary Supplement 
Review of AMERICA'S GREAT GAME The CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford Basic Books. £19.99. 978 0 465 01965 6...

Outsiders have not improved life in either Syria or Iraq
The State of Syria: Past, Present and Future 
This month Iraq and Syria are both noting, but not celebrating, anniversaries of violence that transformed the two societies....

My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

The London Review of Books 
Review of Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean by Philip Mansel John Murray, 480 pp, £10.99, September 2011, ISBN 978 0 7195 6708 7 Beirut by Samir Kassir, translated by M.B. Debevoise California, 656 pp, £19.95, December 2011, ISBN 978 0 520 27126 5...

Prison for denying genocide, prison for saying it took place
The National 
The Armenian village of Kassab, amid the apple orchards of northern Syria, boasts three churches. Each serves a branch of the Christianity practised there, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. The Protestant church, understandably, is the least ornate, lacking the Catholics' rococo angels and the gold-leaf icons of the Orthodox. When I visited in 1986, I was struck by a simple painting...

Winds of change blow, and the Arab League flaps about
The National 
The Arab League's latest sessions on Syria bring to mind the first Arab League summit I witnessed, in November 1973. Meeting in Algiers barely two months after a coup had overthrown the elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, league officials corralled the press corps in a football stadium, sparking comparisons with events in the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, where General...

Hizbullah's part in Gaddafi's downfall
The London Review of Books 
Libyans celebrated their liberation with mass demonstrations in Benghazi yesterday, the 28th anniversary of another landmark event in Middle East history. On Sunday, 23 October 1983, at 6.22 a.m., a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the US Marine Corps barracks at Beirut Airport and detonated what FBI forensics specialists would later describe as the largest conventional explosion in history....

Bin Laden was no longer a force for most Arabs
London Evening Standard 
The speaker of Sudan's parliament, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, may not have spoken for the entire Arab world when he condemned the US for killing Osama bin Laden. "If they are so thrilled with his death," he told Sudanese MPs, "then they should lift their hands off Afghanistan and let Afghans run their own affairs." Parliamentarians chanted "Martyr, martyr!" in homage...

War: Still a Racket
Taki's Magazine 
Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise to end the war in Iraq and "finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan." More than two years after he took the oath of office, American forces remain in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead of eliminating two wars, he has lunged into a third in Libya. How is it that a nation...

Britain can never atone for its colonial past
The National 
David Cameron spoke with unusual candour for a British prime minister a few days ago when he told university students in Islamabad: "I don't want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world's problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place." He was speaking of Kashmir, but he...

He is the regime
The London Review of Books 
The Libyan dictator is resisting the popular forces ranged against him in ways that his counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt did not. In Tunis and Cairo, Zine Abedine Ben-Ali and Hosni Mubarak were the faces of military regimes. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is not the face: he is the regime. The Egyptian and Tunisian army chiefs calculated that sacrificing their nominal...

Women and Democracy in the Middle East
Taki's Magazine 
One of Israel's finest journalists, Gideon Levy, wrote in the daily Haaretz, "Just as there is no such thing as a partial pregnancy, there is no such thing as a partial democracy, either." Despite how Israel pats its own back for being the Middle East's only democracy, it is not a democracy because millions of its people are under the...

Ex-Politicians Shouldn't Talk
Taki's Magazine 
Politicians, especially those who climbed to the top, should disappear when they leave office. Deprived of spokesmen and advisors, they are bound to reveal character flaws they concealed while selling themselves to the electorate and their financial backers. Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt were probably fortunate to die in office rather than spend their dotage regaling the public with their...

Spirit of 1848
Taki's Magazine 
It began when Mohamed Bouazizi, a twenty-six-year-old fruit seller, set himself alight last December 17th in provincial Tunisia. Bouazizi was not demanding fair elections, free speech, equitable wealth distribution, or free medical care. All he wanted was to support his siblings and widowed mother. Selling fruit and vegetables from a barrow in the streets of Sidi Bouzid was the best...

Politicians and Freebies
Taki's Magazine 
First it was Tunisia's Zein El Abidine Ben Ali. Then it was Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Ousted by their own people? Yes, but here in France, they will be remembered as the all-expenses-paid hosts of Nicolas Sarkozy's two leading ministers. Step forward, Prime Minister Fran├žois Fillon and Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie. Their timing was impeccable. The foreign minister and her consort,...

I Wish I Were in Cairo
Taki's Magazine 
It is hard for an old hack like me to sit still when a big story is unfolding. Not so long ago, the sound of gunfire almost anywhere on Earth called me off with the rest of the pack to see who was shooting at whom. Now my colleagues are in Cairo watching history at play while I tap away...

Egypt Surprises the West Again
Taki's Magazine 
My old political philosophy teacher Professor Yusuf Ibish outlined the conditions he thought would lead inevitably to revolution. They included the population's impoverishment, denial of dignity, and repressive rulers who used torture and false imprisonment. I asked him where conditions would create such a revolution, and without hesitation he answered, "Egypt." He said this in the spring of 1973. The...

The Drifting Capital of Terror
Taki's Magazine 
The printer cartridge bombs which nearly blew up U.S.-bound commercial jets have turned Sana'a, Yemen, into the new world terror capital. Terror, which the United States treats as if it were a state, has had many capitals and will undoubtedly have many more in this seemingly perpetual battle against evil. Right before September 11, 2001, terrorism's capital was Kabul. Since...

Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing
Taki's Magazine. 
Spare a kind thought for my old friend Michael Morrell's oldest son, Geoff, the Pentagon's Press Secretary. The Defense Department has tasked poor Geoff with providing its public reaction to Julian Assange's Wikileaks disclosure on Saturday of 391,832 documents relating to America's war in Iraq. The new flood of "Pentagon Papers"-style documents detail a pattern of US soldiers murdering civilians...

Squaring the circle
The New Statesman 
"The war between George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden defeated both of its protagonists," says Gilles Kepel in his provocative study of the war on terror and the Middle East. But there's too much else to lose for America or the jihadis to withdraw from the conflict. Review of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: the Future of the Middle East...

Can Obama change the Middle East? No, he can't
The First Post 
Patrick Tyler provides a misguided excuse for America's ongoing role in the catastrophe that is the Middle East, says Charles Glass...

Obituary: John Cooley: Scholar-reporter on the Middle East
The Independent 
John Cooley covered the Middle East for American newspapers and radio from 1953 until his death. As correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, he became the acknowledged dean of the American press corps in Beirut some time during his tenure there from 1965 to 1975. Like his British contemporary and Beirut neighbour David Hirst of The Guardian, Cooley was a...

London Review of Books Vol. 28, No. 5 
When I was five years old, the first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Nikita Khrushchev, threatened to bury me. That was in 1956, when he buried the Hungarian Revolution. In California we welcomed Hungarian victims of Soviet brutality while finding no room for the Guatemalans whose democracy the CIA had crushed two years earlier. We were trained to ignore...

Democracy in Arabia
The Paris Review Spring 2005 
Note: In 1987, Charles Glass's journey through Greater Syria from Alexandretta in southern Turkey to Aqaba on the Red Sea for his book Tribes with Flags ended halfway when kidnappers abducted him in Beirut. A few days after the September 11 2001 attacks, he went back to finish the trip-in reverse, from Aqaba to the spot on Beirut's coastal highway...

Abu Said Abu Rish - Obituary
The Independent, London 
Abu Said Aburish Grand old man of the TIME Beirut bureau 04 May 2005 Abu Said Aburish became part of the plot, during the Arab Revolt of 1936 against British rule in Palestine, to assassinate District Governor Hugh Foot. The plan was to shoot Foot as he left his residence in the morning. Fortunately for Foot, who later as the...

Comment: America Could Have Saved Ken Bigley
The Observer 
Kidnappers have beheaded another foreign captive in Iraq. For Ken Bigley, there was hope that he would avoid the fate of more than 30 other non-Iraqi hostages murdered by insurgents and criminals....

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